Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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Location: Come visit us! We’re one block north of the stop light in California, Missouri (right across the street from City Hall) at 501 South Oak Street. See map.

Hours:  The library is open Monday-Friday. The library is open 20 hours per week to serve our patrons. Our hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday we are open from 2 to 6 p.m.  We are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

library cardGetting a Library Card:
residents of Moniteau County are currently able to obtain a library card free of charge with proof of residence.

  1. Create an account so you can log in to your personal library account information; all you need is your library card number. For more details about how you can access your account to check due date, renew items, place a hold on an item, etc., please contact the library for complete instructions or read below.

library logoHow Create a Personal Account to Access Your Library Information:

  1. Go to the Wood Place Library home page. Click the “catalog” link on the left. You will see the same catalog page that you see when you use it at the library.
  2. Click on “Wood Place Library” link in the middle of the page. Then look at the very top of the page in the right hand corner. You will see “Login” and “Create Account” links. Once you have set up an account, you can log in to Destiny (the name of the library software program) and your personal library page will display called “Destiny Quest“. On this page you can keep track of what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you’d like to read in the future. There is more about what you can do in #5 below. You can see a help button (looks like ?) in the upper right corner to answer your questions.
  3. To find your specific library account information, go to the top of the page and click on “Exit Quest”. The page will look somewhat like the main catalog page. You will see tabs at the top - click on “My Info” to see what is on your account.
  4. If you have items checked out, you will be able to renew them by pressing the “renew” or “renew all” link. You will get another 12 days or two weeks loan as Sundays are not counted.
  5. If you want to reserve or place a book on hold, navigate back to your Destiny Quest page. To go back to Destiny Quest, click on the Tab “Catalog”. On the left side, you will see a “Destiny Quest” tab. In the center top box “Find”, type in the name of the item you want to borrow. Then press “Go”. You may have to look through multiple screens to find the item you want. Double click on the item and you will see information about the item that interests you. You will also see a box in the right hand corner letting you know if it is available (in) or out and several actions for you - put it on hold, put it on one of your lists, or you can make a recommendation for a friend.

computerPublic Access Computers: The library has 14 public access computers for patrons to use. They are equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and high speed internet service. All computers are connected to a printer which can print black & white or color pages. There is a charge of 25¢/page for B & W printing and $1.00/page for color printing. A daily guest computer pass is available for $1/day for non-patrons.

The library also has two early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and both are located in the children’s area.

WiFi Connection: You are welcome to visit the library with your laptop and use our wi-fi connection free of charge.

ink cartridges Recycle printer cartridges at the library: Bring your used printer cartridges (any brand) to the library for recycling. Staples will give the library credit when we turn in the used cartridges. That credit can be used to buy copy paper and other office supplies that the library needs. We greatly appreciate everyone who continues to bring in their toner and printer cartridges.


 Library Collections: We have a diverse collection of print and non-print materials available for patron use. These include:

  • 17,809 books, including children, adult, large print (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • 20 magazine subscriptions
  • 3 newspapers
  • 563 audio books
  • 1,069 DVDs and video tapes
  • 19,652 eBooks/digital audiobooks through MOLib2Go consortia
  • Numerous online databases with links under the ‘Resource’ tab

Look under the ‘Kids’, ‘Teens and Tweens’ and ‘Adult’ tabs on  the left for more details.

Donations: The library no longer accepts donations of books and media.  We simply do not have space and staff to handle all that we receive.  Watch the 'Upcoming Events' column for details for any "in house" sales of discarded library materials.

Do you know that recycling of old books is available behind California City Hall for the items that we will not accept? This is a wonderful service that our city provides.

snowflakeThe library’s winter weather policy: We will remain open if at all possible, however, if winter weather and poor road conditions require us to close, it  will be announced on KRLL, 1420 AM.  As a guide, if the California R-1 School District closes due to bad weather, the library will usually be closed.  However, the library may choose to be open if conditions in town allow it.


Upcoming Events

WOOD PLACE LIBRARY Hours for the remainder of 2017:
M-W 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
T-TH 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.
F 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Annual QUILT Fundraiser

Thanks to the talents and efforts of the Bookworm Quilters that meet weekly at the library, you have a chance to win this colorful quilt.  Stop by the library to purchase chaces that are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Money raised will be used to help keep the doors open while we are not tax supported.

New Items in Book Sale 

book sale photo
We continue to add to the book sale as items are sold.  Lots of MILITARY BOOKS have been donated for the sale recently. Stop by the library to see a variety of Adult Fiction and Non-fiction in hardback or mass market paperback format.  There are also children and youth books  available.  All are at reasonable prices.  Come in and see for yourself.  Check back regularly to see new additions.


The Wood Place Library is operated by The Elia Wood Foundation.  The board voted to provide FREE library cards to anyone residing in Moniteau County that wishes to use the library.  We encourage those who have never used the library to apply for a library card and begin exploring the collections for check-out, 14 public computers, free WiFi, e-Books, Copy/Faxing services,  and programs.  The Foundation is reaching out to residents to assist them in making an informed decision when considering a levy vote on November 7.

In the meantime, the Foundation has fundraised to assist with operating costs to Keep the Doors Open until pubic support is voted into existence and tax funds are received.  The goal is to be open part-time in 2017, and full time beginning January 2, 2018.  

Once a levy has been passed, the library will be eligible for MO State Library programs and grants.  These grants provide funding for the Summer Reading Program, Interlibrary Loan Courier Service, the Rural Electronic Assess for Libraries (REAL) program, and other beneficial programs. 

We are excited about the future of the library and appreciate your support and understanding during this time of uncertainity for the library.

Wood Place Library has a Facebook page! Visit us for news and updates about what is happening at your local library. "Like" us to help get the word out about how we serve the Moniteau County community. 





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